Number of the Day: 606,642

March 15, 2011 | Number of The Day

Opening day of the spring fishing season is less than three weeks away, and the state Department of Environmental Protection has begun stocking New Jersey’s freshwaters with 606,642 trout.

Garden State anglers will find the state’s rivers, lakes, reservoirs, streams and ponds stocked with rainbow, brook and brown trout. Most of the fish, which are raised in the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County, will be about 11 inches long, but the state also stocks its waters with about 6,000 trout between 15.8 inches and 22.6 inches.

The state also stocks waters in both the fall and winter, but the number of fish are far fewer. In the the spring, waters in every county of the state are stocked.

Visit the Division of Fish and Wildlife for information on fishing regulations, how to obtain a license and a full listing of stocked waters.